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Thursday, 23 May, 2002, 09:04 GMT 10:04 UK
Vogts is here to stay
Berti Vogts watches his side lose 2-0 to South Africa
Berti Vogts is determined to see his job through
Scotland manager Berti Vogts has hit out at his critics and is determined to stick it out in his new post, despite a poor start.

The German, who has played four and lost four in charge of the Scots, was fuming after reports from his native country suggested the Scottish media were alluding to the Second World War while panning his efforts as head coach.

"I think there's a campaign to force me out of this job, but it won't work," said Vogts.

"I won't be pressurised from outside, because I intend to stay with Scotland until the job is done.

"I am not a miracle man, but I will work very hard to improve the squad and the results. All of this has made me even more determined to be a success."


Maybe the German media are trying to undermine team spirit
Berti Vogts
Vogts went on to reveal that he lost out on more than 250,000 when he agreed to take the Scotland job.

That was the tax-free amount he had to give up when he agreed to break his contract with the Kuwaiti FA, to whom he was contracted to until August 1, to succeed Craig Brown in March.

The Scots and the Germans have been drawn in the same Euro 2004 qualifying group and it appears the propaganda war has already begun.

"Maybe the German media are trying to undermine team spirit because we are in the same group," continued Vogts.

"But I understand they are getting their information from Scottish radio."

Although the source - or indeed existence - of these reports remains unclear, Vogts is said to have been bristling with indignation for the past few days.

There has been a suggestion that references to Scotland's worst post-war record may have been misinterpreted in Germany.

Another theory implicates a radio phone-in show, with a member of the public carrying the can for WWII references.

Vogts' side have been beaten by France, Nigeria, South Korea and South Africa.

Scott Dobie (right) in action against South Korea
Scott Dobie (right) has been a success on tour
But Vogts, who has taken a young and experimental squad to the Far East, points out that all four nations will be competing in the World Cup while the Scots watch on TV.

"You did not qualify for the Euro 2000, or for the 2002 World Cup, and now you are playing with not the best team against big nations," he said.

"The South Africans are very good players. And the Nigerian team also beat Ireland in Dublin.

"South Korea drew with England and England had put in some very good preparation for that match.

"I am very happy for this Far East tour. I saw a lot of positive things in my squad.

"I am looking to building up a new team. I am looking to the qualification and the warm-up game against the Danish team.

"I hope I can play with the best team and have all my players together."

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